Metuchen EMS refusing emt volunteers

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Concerned Resident

Newark, NJ

#1 Nov 13, 2011
Yes I would like to say How would like it if you called 911 in the borough of Metuchen and it took 15 to 20 minutes to get an ambulance to your loved one? Most 911 calls go to police headquarters where the dispatcher puts an alert our for trained emts to respond quickly not the case here in Metuchen. The police dispatcher who took your loved ones 911 call now has to get on the phone with Woodbridge Police Dispatch, Edison Police Dispatch, or even Rutgers Police Dispatch for an ambulance to get your loved one when seconds count in emergency's! Anyway Metuchen EMS or First aid squad. They are refusing fully qualified EMT's to help cover these calls. I work for a Paid ems department all emts and all our response times are tracked by the state and it takes on average 3 minutes or less to respond after you call 911. So not the case here in Metuchen. Anybody who has a police scanner can monitor the Metuchen first aid squad frequency 478.81250 but most the time you will hear one emt calling dispatch to keep on dispatching the alarm for volunteers. Or the police department will bypass the Metuchen first aid and go to a different town taking up more time as your loved one sits in distress or is in cardiac arrest. Anyway the squad is refusing emts I have believe a call to the newspaper would be in order for this what Metuchen First aid is doing. I am a fully certified state emt and am willing to join the squad but many applications but none have been answered. So residents what kind of action should I take to resolve this issue? The newspaper I believe would be the best bet. Would like anyone's feedback thank you.
Gremlin Flox

Edison, NJ

#2 Apr 22, 2013
I think the issue is that one or two volunteer emts were not enough to cover day shifts. Moot point now that JFK handles Mon-Sat days. But, I see the unofficial borough sport, complaining, is still alive and well.

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